Black Sea Special Blog: Debbie does the Dardanelles – first ever cruise hol!


Debbie and her mum in MykonosThis week –

– Pics galore from my holiday on board the Celebration

– Mummy misbehaving with weird cabin visitor!

– Beach pics and bikini poses!

– Plus videos from on board magic moments and sights and sounds of the med

– And QVC highlights incl sneaky peeks from Antthony, Elemis and Apple!

First – congrats to Jacqui Hand! The winner of the comp giving away signed copies of my three steamy romance novels! Package on its way by end of the week!


Debbie Mykonos beachLast week I brought you part one of the holiday blog – now here’s part two – and it’s a cruise special!

What a lovely time we had. As I’ve said, it’s so luxurious on board a cruise ship – ours was the Thomson Celebration. Treats included – bespoke veggie sausages, a lovely cabin with a nice balcony, a new port every morning, and a fabulous cruise team.

To recap, our route was:

Marmeris, Turkey > Istanbul, Turkey > Bulgaria > Romania > Mykonos, Greek island (my favourite) > back to Turkey again to fly home

We had three shore trips, plus a beach afternoon, and lots of lovely relaxing, fab food, and great evening entertainment. Plus there was the obligatory Captain’s Gala dinner – for which I wore my navy Kim & Co dress – which made a double showing last week worn at Marlene’s workshop too!

Most of the pics are pretty self-explanatory, so here’s a little photo gallery mostly from the ship itself – the Thomson Celebration.

Towel bunnyHere’s a little selection of some of the nicest pics - I’ve also got a few of videos to show you! 

P.S. – the weird bunny thing is made out of towels! Trust my mum! Lol.






Topkapi Palace

  Turkish grand bazaar shop






Topkaki place and the grand bazaar shop in Turkey

The entertainment on the cruise

Debbie and her mum on the beach







 The entertainment team on the cruise and me and mum on the beach Mykonos

 On board the mediterranean cruise

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Debbie on the cruise ship

  Debbie on the cruise








Enjoying the views from the cruise!

Debbie's karaoke


Debbie enjoying the cruise

Debbie with her mum and the captain









Dressing for the evening entertainment and with the captain

The food was so amazing, I took a pic of the chefs, including Arnell who made me veggie sausages out of veg and tofu fresh each morning! Looovely! Talented bunch.

The chefs on the cruise

  Veggie sausages






The fantastic chefs and those amazing veggie sausages! 



 Hope you enjoyed the pics! I will be booking another cruise soon – I think I’ve got the bug!

Any suggestions about where I can go on my next cruise? Have you been on some nice ones? Leave me a comment below! x


Debbie and Robert LustigA quick summary of other bits this week – more on my own website!

RiWiSi – Book of the Week is Professor Robert Lustig’s assortment of different anti-sugar and pro-health books – so worth having a read – his scientific knowledge is astounding.

I chose them for this week’s Book of the Week ‘cos I met him at the health talk I went to in London on Thursday – pic to the left.

He’s my health hero. What a pic it made too – I was very proud. There were some amazing speakers that day.

But imagine if food was the solution, not only the problem? Well, the info we found out this week was very interesting. Search online for links to his books.

More info about the discussions will be on my Monday 14th ‘Back to You' blog on my website – and heads up for the new Monday night online Hub on Facebook – come online and have a chat about well-being stuff, on the Back to You group (here – anyone can join) between 8 and 9pm-ish, starting this Monday.

Plus, on my new RiWiSi blog this is some Goodreads info for writers. Plus my paperback is out soon!

And – fancy writing a spooky short story and submit it for our Hawllowe’en anthology? More info if you read on…

Debbie and DaleAlso – the wonderful Dale Pinnock – QVC guest and author – was there too. Lovely to see him and some incredible info about his Medicinal Chef book which we sell too… (click here to continue reading)

Click here to visit my website for more on all of the above!



Watch – another super DVD – Saw 'Mamma Mia' on board the ship – I think they made it a daily special on the day we were going to the Greek islands – including seeing the beach where they shot Shirley Valentine the movie. Saw other films too – three choices each day and a nice refuge from the boiling sunshine mid afternoon – our balcony was like an oven sometimes!

Now many of you will have already seen 'Mamma Mia' – grown men (including Colin Firth!) dancing, singing, and delivering some of the most cheesy footage in every shot! Perfect for a summer afternoon! But soooo cheesy, it’s getting 8/10. Well worth a watch if you’ve not seen it before – if only for Julie Walters! Click here for trailer.



Debbie and LeeOut with Lee OK so I got cracking soon as I got back! Saw LJ one night, then the next day, after the FAB Research seminar, I went to the theatre with lovely Lee Hohbein – one of my BFF’s and as regulars will know – my telly hubby! Lol.

More about the theatre show next week, but do go see it if you can! Bakersfield Mist at the Duchess Theatre.




Debbie and LJOut with LJ I had a lovely supper with pal LJ at Sedel in Piccadilly – it’s all 1930’s style! Very inspiring for my 5th novel, which will be partly based in the 1930’s!






GameshowGame show glory? Another opportunity – and given the caterwauling on my video of karaoke above, thought I’d mention this one! Just google it to find the info!







Facebook Funny black labFacebook Funny OK so I’m biased – but I got sent this pic this week and it was so cute I had to include it!










Clickfree TSVSneaky Peek – Clickfree TSV bargain – coming Friday 18th – the ultimate storage device! Back up!






Shhh! – if you’re a lover of Easiyo… 11pm Monday night with Jilly – one hour only type bargain…!


Blooper – Lulu Guinness strikes again! Bless her! Poor Sara! Lol…


Antthony DesignsHighlights to come – Well, it’s finally here – lovely Antthony joins me Sunday at midnight for his new Today’s Special Value – don’t miss it!







Apple TSV Apple iPad TSV Saturday – with lovely Lee again!








Elemis TSVSunday Elemis TSV bargain, all day Sunday – long-awaited – it’s gonna be busy!







So – hope you’ve enjoyed my holiday pics! See you on air! And don’t forget to leave me a comment below! Next week –

Follow me on Twitter – @debbieflint – I tell you secrets…! 🙂 – head to my website for the full list of my novels, writing info, and my Back to You page.

The Back to You series returns to QVC in September!


  1. Sandra Gregory July 11, 2014 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like you and yourMum had a fab time Debbie, great pics and vids. You have a really good voice, is there anything you cannot do lol. Yet another great and informative blog. Thank you Debbie xx

  2. Beverley French July 11, 2014 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Wow…what a great voice Debbie! Reckon your next project should be an CD, I’d buy it for sure! xx

  3. Elizabeth July 11, 2014 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Glad you enjoyed your cruise went on the celebration for the holy land cruise a must do if you get the chance

  4. denise Gorman July 11, 2014 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

    Glad you enjoyed your first ever cruise…Ive been on a few and actually was married, by the captain, on a cruise ship. P and O’s Arcadia…..wonderful
    Try a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords – breathtaking…

  5. Mandy Mitchell July 12, 2014 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    Hiya Debbie,
    So glad you enjoyed your cruise with your mum. Your photos of lovely & it’s always nice to see someone in a dress that you own yourself( the black floral Tiana B as long as it’s not at the same event ha ha) The photo with the captain reminds me of that well loved ” blast from the past” Dynasty; you look very glam! I think you are QVCs answer to Jackie Collins; glam writer of steamy books. I think most females remember reading their first Jackie Collins as a teenager & thinking how grown up we were escaping into a world of glamour, hunky men & sex( & hiding it from your dad) I think seeing as you are your telly hubby Lee enjoy belting out tunes so much (and very good at it of course)we need you to treat us to a few duets; I can imagine a rendition of ” Don’t go breaking my heart” a childhood favourite from Elton & Kikki? ( where did she go?had a brill voice) Maybe it could be an idea for the Saturday night shows near to Christmas? Poor, poor Sara! I bet she needed to lie down in a darkened room after being with the eccentric but hilarious Lulu..bless her! Please let LJ know that she is missed terribly; always loved her bubbly personality & great way of explaining things.
    Have a fab time when Anthony comes over again
    Love & Best Wishes
    Mandy xxx

  6. Joanne Kershaw July 12, 2014 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Loving your cruise pics, looks like you had an amazing time.
    Can’t wait for Sunday’s TSV.
    Great blog.

  7. Sharon harvey July 12, 2014 at 6:25 pm -  Reply

    Oooohhh fab fab holiday pics! So pleased you had a great time! Thank you for sharing with us 🙂

  8. Elaine July 12, 2014 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debsjust had to comment on your cruise you and your mum looked like you had a fab time . I also have done two Thomson cruises once on the Dream and we loved it so much we then went on the Majesty.Both Med cruises.Next year we have already booked the Dream again for a cruise and stay which will be a first for us.Who knows we may fit another in before then lol.By the way i was very impressed with your singing you have a great voice.

  9. Dawn Shearing July 12, 2014 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,i have just been having a look at your pictures/video’s of your holiday on the celebration,you and your mum looked like you had a lovely time.My husband and I are going on the celebration on Monday, this will be our second time aboard this ship, I have been on other cruise ships, this one is my favourite.
    Fondest regards
    Dawn x

  10. Wendy Helm July 12, 2014 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    So pleased you enjoyed your cruise. I have been on many the best on was sailing out of New York to sail the Panama Canal.

  11. Karen Lewis July 13, 2014 at 8:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Looked like you had a great time with your Mum on the cruise and is there no end to your talent, you have a lovely singing voice.
    Haven’t had chance to read Hawaiin Retreat yet as have to have time to read whole book, I know I won’t want to put it down, once I start and have a new Cavachon puppy who is taking up all of my retirement at the moment, plus QVC of course 24/7
    Love to you and Mum
    Karen x

  12. Susan July 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    This is Susan, I met you briefly on the Cruise.
    Just to say we enjoyed your Karaoke of You’re My World and that we also got the bug , it was our first cruise and the day after we got home we booked for next year on the Celebration for Dubrovnik “Adriatic Affair” which we are really looking forward to.
    We will be on a diet first as the food was amazing!

  13. Christina Grainger July 13, 2014 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Debbie make your next cruise with Holland American Line and go to the Eastern Med you fly to Venice and visit Parts of Italy, Croatia, and Grease includes Santorini which is a loverly island its a fab cruise we are going again with them at the end of August. My husband and I have cruised with Thomson on the Celebration and with P & O on the Ventura and there new Azora but we prefer The Holland American line cruises they are really great trust me. Happy Cruising now you have the bug.

  14. Tricia Kyle July 15, 2014 at 8:39 am -  Reply

    I really enjoyed your karaoke – you have a great voice! Tx

  15. twinkle July 15, 2014 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    WOW you are one talented lady Debbie 🙂 not only are u a fantastic tv presenter, an A* writer and amazing mummy, daughter, sister, pog mummy and friend. U are an amazing singer u have a lovely singing voice 🙂 thank you for sharing it with us.
    So glad you and your mummy had a great time 🙂 what fantastic pics u have shared u both look amazing. Debs u have an amazing figure. I should be very proud of yourself

  16. hazel strickland July 15, 2014 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie looks like you n you’re lovely mum had a great time on you’re cruise . look forward to you’re blogs they are so interesting and I enjoy the sneaky tsv previews you share with us enjoyed the show with anthoney what a lovely man .

  17. Tanya White July 16, 2014 at 12:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    Glad you had a great break with your mum.
    A bit cheeky here, but are you in a position to give us a head’s up on any of the Christmas in July TSVs?
    Thanks (and good to have you back!)

  18. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    Sandra –
    Oh such a lovely time. So glad u enjoyed my ‘pub singers’ version of You’re my world by cilla black! Hehe!
    Ta for commenting hon – v kind x

  19. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

    Bev –
    Hehe, would love to! #frustratedBGTEntrant lol.
    One day maybe eh?
    Wonder which songs would go down well? X

  20. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Elizabeth –
    Holy land cruise would be lovely – there’s one that goes to Ashdod, but I think , like with the Ukraine- they’ve postponed going there due to the troubles.
    One day, one day…
    Got to do Egypt first!

  21. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 17, 2014 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

    Denise –
    Yes, Norwegian fjords also on my list. Married by the captain? Sounds fab! I have to find ‘The Man’ first tho, eh! Lol

  22. Pam wall July 19, 2014 at 11:06 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie go on the cruise which takes you Germany Sweden st Petersburg as all the places are great and try princess cruises are great Lv pam x

  23. Mrs Pauline baker July 21, 2014 at 10:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie glad you enjoyed your cruise we have been on thomson celebration but we like p&o azura & Ventura we went to CARRIBEAN you will have to try CARRIBEAN fantastic now you have the bug.

  24. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 22, 2014 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Mandy –
    Have told LJ to read this – she will be chuffed!
    Yes it’d be great to do some duets with telly-hubby Lee!
    Ta so much for such a fab reply! I was more a Dallas girl myself! HappyTimes! Xx

  25. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 22, 2014 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Janine –
    Ta hon! Yes it was amazing.
    Hope u enjoyed the Lulu tsv! X

  26. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 22, 2014 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

    Sharon –

  27. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 22, 2014 at 11:26 pm -  Reply

    Elaine –
    Ta hon!
    Yes a lot of people say they like the Dream too! Am so keen to get back on the next cruise! Totally got the bug! Totally! X

  28. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 22, 2014 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

    Dawn –
    So glad you’ve gone! Am well jell!!
    Ps wonder if u got the balcony ones?!

  29. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 22, 2014 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    Wendy –
    Wow! Yes! New York to panama – faaaabulous! Must remember that!

  30. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 22, 2014 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

    Karen –
    Ta, I luv to sing! Ooo a cavachon puppy… Whatsaoneofthem?! Lol. Luv puppies… Pet pics from Mondays show on Fridays blog! X

  31. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 22, 2014 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

    Susan –
    I know what u mean about the food! So lovely to meet you too! Maybe see u on the next one! Dubrovnik cruise is one we were looking at too!

  32. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 22, 2014 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    Christina –
    Interesting about the Holland American line – wonder why you prefer it – what makes them so good? Will look into it x

  33. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 22, 2014 at 11:44 pm -  Reply

    Tricia –
    Thank u! Pub singers beware! Lol

  34. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 22, 2014 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    Twinkle –
    Good angle, believe me! Haha!

  35. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 23, 2014 at 12:26 am -  Reply

    Hazel –
    Yes my lovely, wonderful! Can’t wait to be in LA with Antthony again in November!
    Ps ta for email

  36. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 23, 2014 at 12:29 am -  Reply

    Tanya –
    – oo sneaky peeks – cryptic ones! – on this Friday’s blog! Hee! X

  37. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 23, 2014 at 12:30 am -  Reply

    Pam –
    You’re not the only one to mention princess cruises! Whoop! Sounds lovely – on the list!

  38. Debs flint – Qvc presenter July 23, 2014 at 12:31 am -  Reply

    Pauline –
    Oh gosh yes! I will absolUTEly be going to the Caribbean on a cruise at some point!
    Perhaps I could just live on one! Lol.

  39. Carol January 11, 2015 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie not one for leaving comments, but I’ve got to say what a brilliant voice you have you are one Talented Lady.Happy New Year to you.x

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